Judge Reopens Case Involving City of Longmont’s Ban on Fracking Activities

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Contacts: Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102, anneleefoster@gmail.com

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Judge Reopens Case Involving City of Longmont’s Ban on Fracking Activities

Local control granted by SB 19-181 allows the 2012 voter-enacted law to stand

LONGMONT, COLORADO — Today, Judge Nancy Woodruff Salomone of the Boulder County District Court issued a motion to reopen City of Longmont v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n. This is a first step to address an injunction prohibiting the implementation of Article XVI of Longmont’s Municipal Charter, which bans fracking within the City of Longmont. This Order comes in response to a motion filed by Colorado Rising on behalf of Our Longmont last week asking the Court to reexamine the case in light of recent changes to state law regarding oil and gas regulations.

The Longmont charter amendment was originally found to be in “operational conflict” with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act. With the implementation of SB 19-181, Colorado Rising has argued, Longmont’s ban is no longer in operational conflict and should be enforced.

Attorney Joe Salazar, Executive Director of Colorado Rising said, “We are excited that the District Court ordered this case be reopened. This is an important first step in the long fight to protect Longmont residents and the environment from the harm associated with fracking activities. We stand with Longmont residents to reinstate their voter-approved fracking ban.”

Please contact Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director for Colorado Rising, to interview defendants in the suit.

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